The Odyssey

What characteristics is Odysseus displaying from lines 166-176? Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one?

And vessels full of whey were brimming there—

165 bowls of earthenware and pails for milking.

My men came pressing round me pleading:

‘Why not

take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back,

throw open all the pens, and mke a run for it?

We’ll drive the kids and lambs aboard. We say

170 put out again on good salt water!’


how sound that was! Yet I refused. I wished

to see the cave man, hat he had to offer—

no pretty sight, it turned out, for my friends.

We lit a fire, burnt an offering,

175 and took some cheese to eat; then sat in silence

around the embers, waiting. When he came

he had a load of dry boughs on his shoulder

to stoke his fire at suppertime. He dumped it

with a great crash into that hollow cave,

180 and we all scattered fast to the far wall.

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There was a plan to steal from the cave men but Odysseus would rather stay and check them out. This shows he has courage and daring.